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Substance Abuse Counselor - Continuing Education

Substance abuse counselors are required to successfully complete 40 hours of continuing education courses in the first full biennium after they are licensed.  The biennium begins on 3/1/ of each odd-numbered year and ends on 2/28/odd. 

Please Note: Continuing education is not required to renew your license the first time.  See SPS 168.01

The department does not pre-approve continuing education programs. If the courses satisfy the requirements of administrative code SPS 166.09 and SPS 166.10, the department is able to accept them as part of a continuing education program.

The department is able to accept the following courses relevant to the professional practice of substance use disorder counseling, clinical supervision, and prevention work:

continuing education courses, undergraduate courses, and graduate-level courses

             ...if the above courses are presented by:

an accredited college or university; or a local or national professional substance use disorder association; or other professional mental health or medical health-related organizations.

NOTE: Continuing education requirements do not apply to the biennium in which the license was first issued. See SPS 168.01

Biennium: 3/1/odd – 2/28/odd